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"What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books."

—Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian, essayist


New York Times Book News

The Marie Kondo Effect: A Closet’s Loss, a Consignor’s Gain 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:17:02 GMT 
    A blockbuster book about removing clutter causes a legion of followers to do the same in hopes of a fuller, more productive life.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Street Poison,’ a Biography of Iceberg Slim, Writer and Pimp 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:45:44 GMT 
    Justin Gifford’s book situates its subject not only as an anti-establishment writer, but also as the literary godfather of gangsta rap.

Bookends: Can a Virtuous Character Be Interesting? 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:02 GMT 
    Thomas Mallon and Alice Gregory debate whether morally upstanding characters necessarily make for dull fiction.

‘The Beautiful Bureaucrat,’ by Helen Phillips 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:00:02 GMT 
    This debut novel explores existential questions through the experiences of an administrative worker.

Critic’s Take: Walker Percy’s Theory of Hurricanes 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:00:01 GMT 
    Percy believed that we feel good when we no longer feel uncertain about our role in the world; when everyone is focused, connected and engaged.

T Magazine: My 10 Favorite Books: Ta-Nehisi Coates 
  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:00:12 GMT 
    The author of “Between The World and Me” on the books he’d want on a desert island: Doctorow, Wharton, Fitzgerald and more.

Books of The Times: Review: China Miéville’s ‘Three Moments of an Explosion’ 
  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:22:15 GMT 
    The short stories in Mr. Miéville’s newest collection take place in a variety of strange worlds, including one in which icebergs fly.

Joe Domanick’s ‘Blue’ Examines the L.A.P.D. 
  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:27:11 GMT 
    How Los Angeles overcame terrible crime and a corrupt and brutal police department.

Literary Landscapes: Patter and Patois 
  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:00:01 GMT 
    Walter Mosley writes about his relationship to the literature of Louisiana.

ArtsBeat: Eric Schlosser to Publish Book on American Prison System 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:38:41 GMT 
    Eric Schlosser, who wrote “Fast Food Nation,” will explore how rising incarceration rates are intertwined with social factors like growing inequality.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Economics of Inequality,’ by Thomas Piketty 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:13:50 GMT 
    Mr. Piketty follows up “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” last year’s landmark economic analysis, with a slightly revised version of a book he wrote in 1997.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Conservative Heart’ 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:29:00 GMT 
    Arthur C. Brooks discusses “The Conservative Heart,” and Susan Southard talks about “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War.”

T Magazine: The 10 Books Carrie Brownstein Couldn’t Live Without 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:59:21 GMT 
    The actress (and Sleater-Kinney guitarist) shares the books she’d want with her on a desert island: Capote, Woolf and a little Didion.

Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:34:20 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Paperback Row 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:29:42 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.

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‘The Beautiful Bureaucrat,’ by Helen Phillips  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:00:02 GMT
Critic’s Take: Walker Percy’s Theory of Hurricanes  Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:00:01 GMT
Joe Domanick’s ‘Blue’ Examines the L.A.P.D.  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:27:11 GMT
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